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Dustin Lance Black and Barbara Roberts to be honored at San Diego Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast

SAN DIEGO -- Award-winning filmmaker Dustin Lance Black and former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts will be honored at San Diego's fifth annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on Friday, May 24.

The event is being organized by The San Diego LGBT Community Center and the San Diego Human Relations Commission, and more than 1,000 San Diegans who support equality and justice are expected to gather in celebration of Harvey Milk's memory.

Roberts will be presented with the Harvey Milk Lifetime Leadership Award and Black will be presented with the Harvey Milk Equality Award. Roberts and Black have been dedicated champions in the ongoing struggle for LGBT equality and justice.

This year’s breakfast will be emceed by Mayor Bob Filner and his first lady Bronwyn Ingram. In addition, for the first time a Naval honor guard will present the colors for the national anthem.

The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast seeks to bring together all San Diegans who support equality and justice in celebration of the life and work of Harvey Milk. Information about the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast is available online.

2013 Harvey Milk Lifetime Leadership Award – Barbara Roberts

Barbara Roberts’ groundbreaking role as the first female governor of Oregon – after serving as the first woman elected as majority leader of the Oregon House of Representatives – gives her unique insight into turning the tide of history. Her long-term, outspoken support of LGBT equality and her continual pursuit of social justice make her a wonderful example for all those who fight for civil rights.

2013 Harvey Milk Equality Award – Dustin Lance Black

Dustin Lance Black is a multiple award-winning screenwriter, producer, director and social activist. His brilliant screenplay for “Milk,” and his resulting intimate knowledge and understanding of Harvey Milk’s life, make him a unique voice speaking about the lasting impact of Harvey Milk’s legacy. A founding member of Americans for Equal Rights and member of the board of directors for The Trevor Project, Black is dedicated to the pursuit of social justice and equality.

About Harvey Milk

When he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, Harvey Milk (1930-1978) became one of the first openly gay men to be elected to public office in the United States. On election night, Harvey Milk reminded his supporters: "This is not my victory – it's yours. If a gay man can win, it proves that there is hope for all minorities who are willing to fight." He was assassinated (along with Mayor George Moscone) on November 27, 1978, only eleven months after taking office. Although he did not live to see his dreams fulfilled, the example of his life and his leadership have made him an important national symbol for the struggle for human rights and freedom of expression.